Lindsay Looney Caps Unbeaten Season in 200 Fly as Arizona State Sweeps Arizona; Leon Marchand Again Stars

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Lindsay Looney Caps Unbeaten Season in 200 Fly as Arizona State Sweeps Arizona

Lindsay Looney finished off an unbeaten season in her signature event, the 200 butterfly, as Arizona State swept out Arizona on Saturday.

The 21st-ranked Sun Devils women’s team pulled away from the Wildcats, 189-111, in the back half of the meet in Tucson. Arizona State’s No. 1 men’s team had no trouble in a 227-73 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wildcats.

Looney went 1:53.44 in the 200 fly to win by nearly 4.5 seconds, over teammate Jade Foelske. She won a tight race in the 100 fly, going 53.57 to edge Arizona’s Maddy Burt by .15 seconds (with Foelske third). It’s the fourth time this season that the U.S. national teamer has swept the butterfly events in a dual meet.

Looney also took part in the Sun Devils’ winning 400 free relay, teaming with Erin Milligan, Ieva Maluka and Elli Straume to go 3:16.21 and win.

Arizona kept the meet close in the front half of the meet, winning five of the first nine events. But Arizona State overwhelmed them late.

The first strike was the 200 breaststroke, a podium sweep. Emma Gehlert won in 2:10.11, ahead of Zoe Summar. Deniz Ertan doubled up on distance wins, going 4:47.28 to win the 500 free in addition to her 1,000 free win. Alexa Reyna was the runner-up in both, and Straume was third in the 500 free. Then came Looney’s win in the 100 fly.

Charli Brown added the exclamation point with her third win of the day. She swept the backstroke events, in 53.09 ahead of Katrina Marty in the 100 and 1:55.57 in the 200 in a 1-2 with Hana Edwards. She added the win in the 200 individual medley in 1:58.18, Summar following her to the wall.

Summar was also second in the 100 breast, with Gehlert second. Maluka was the 200 free and 100 free runners-up. Milligan was second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free.

Arizona started the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:37.20, .55 over Arizona State’s A squad. On that foursome was Julia Heimstead, who went 1:44.73 to win the 200 free. Anchoring the relay was Julia Wozniak, whose 22.48 in the 50 free won the event. Heimstead won the 100 free in 48.73.

Eleni Gewalt won the 100 breast for Arizona, a race in which four swimmers were separated by .51 seconds and the top seven were one grouped within a second. Brooke Earley topped 300 points on both diving boards to win, topping out at 341.63 on 3-meter.

The Arizona State men’s dominance was epitomized by the 50 free, six Sun Devils breaking 20 seconds. Jack Dolan won the event in 19.23, followed by Jonny Kulow (19.47), Ilya Kharun (19.56) and Cam Peel (19.65). Dolan edged Kharun by .01 in 42.17 seconds in the 100 free.

Leon Marchand did his usual bit, sweeping fly. He went 1:39.62 to win the 200 to win by more than three seconds . In the 100, his time of 44.67 led Hubert Kos, who went 46.37. Marchand was on the second-place 200 medley relay, the Sun Devils splitting forces. (The win went to Kos, John Heaphy, Khaurn and Peel.) Marchand also led off the 400 free relay in 41.39, but his squad was second to Kulow, Kharun, Tiago Behar and Dolan.

Julian Hill won the 200 free and 500 free (though Behar had the fastest time of the 200 free final with an exhibitioned 1:32.91). Zalan Sarkany led the way in the 1,000 free. David Schlicht swept breaststroke. Backstroke was divvied up between Jack Wadsworth in the 100 and Owen McDonald in the 200, with Wadsworth the runner-up.

Arizona’s only wins came from Gage Dubois, who swept diving. He scored 391.05 on 1-meter and 377.33 on 3-meter, the latter with teammate Austin Flaute as runner-up. Ralph Daleiden Ciuferri finished second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free.

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